2019 Best Dual-Cab 4WD Ute | carsales

2019 Best Dual-Cab 4WD Ute | carsales


Four wheel drive dual-cab utes like the 10
assembled here quite regularly make the best seller list down under. Such is their popularity that utes like the
Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux actually outsell leading passenger cars by a considerable margin. These cars can do just about anything. Whether it’s towing the van, hauling a load
or heading off road, these vehicles really are a jack of all trades. But which dual-cab ute is the best of the
best? To find out, we put the field through its
paces across a handful of disciplines that you buyers told us were important to them. First up we put towing to the test and in
arena where 3.5-tonne towing capacity is the norm, it’s the Mitsubishi Triton and Toyota
Hilux that have a lower limit of just over 3 tonne. But in the real world with our 3-tonne caravan
on the back, there was at least one surprise in store for our judges. So I never tow-tested the Musso before. It’s certainly not the worst tow vehicle
here. Though not every ute on test received the
same level of praise. Nissan’s had three goes at setting up a
suspension at the back of the Navarra but it still wasn’t quite right for towing. With a heavy caravan behind it at freeway
speeds, it’s not as stable as it should be. With towing done and dusted, it was time to
focus on hauling a load. Depending on the brand, the utes are able
to carry between 790 and 1039 kilograms. We placed 650 kilos on the back of each ute
for our payload test. Now the Mercedes Benz X Class was a real surprise
because it’s set up as a road car. It’s meant to go around corners and things
and putting that 650 kilograms at the back of it, pointed the nose skywards. It was like flying a plane. You were coming in to land all the time it
was up so high. Well at least the Triton has value on its
side. I have to say, I’ve been a little bit disappointed
with the overall performance of the Triton. It’s the newest vehicle here. And with Mitsubishi having such a history
in development of vehicles like this, it’s not the most refined in this set. From payload we moved to the all important
in-cabin functionality of our 10 dual-cab utes. Here we look at technology, connectivity,
amenity and comfort. The utes on test now including many features
found in family SUVs. What I really like about the Amarok is the
quality of presentation. Everything is really beautifully laid out,
the seats are superbly comfortable, however, the dash is hard touch, but it doesn’t detract
from its overall sense of quality. But like any test, there’s always some bad
news to go with the good. Second row amenity in some of the utes is
actually pretty bad. No air vents. Some of them don’t even have an arm rest. And there’s one entrant here that doesn’t
even have curtain air bags. Finally it’s time to hit the dirt. Trade, agricultural and recreational buyers
all expect to use these utes off road. Our off-road test looks at clearance, gearing
and grip to expose strengths and weaknesses in the 10 utes on test. Well the Ranger is such a good all-rounder
off-road and it’s not just suspension geometry, clearance and articulation that makes that
so, it’s a nice torque-y engine, and one of the broader spread of gear ratios on test,
that makes this a really capable vehicle off the beaten track. With towing, payload, cabin and off-road testing
complete, we analyzed RedBook cost of ownership data to see which ute offered the best value
for money. With a strong bi-turbo engine, confident load
lugging ability and top-notch safety technology, our judges determined the best ute of 2019
is the Ford Ranger Wildtrak. So there it is Nadine, the 2019 Ute of the
year and I’ve got to say, it’s a deserved winner. Definitely. In a market where the ute is a lot of different
things to a lot of different people, the ability to perform any task well takes a lot of doing. And it really did nail the brief.

About the Author: Michael Flood

2 Comments

  1. As a typical Aussie bloke with a fat heffa for a wife, payload and towing is at the top of my priority list. Any of these utes seems to do the trick, just need to stroll down to me local Centrelink office to see if they can do a special advance payment. With a bit of luck should have one by Christmas as long as I hand in the fortnightly jobseeker forms on time. Good review and Cheers Cobber.

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